Visitor Studies Association Student Scholarship Application

We will begin accepting applications in January 2022.

Scholarships are awarded to up to three students and/or recent graduates who show great potential to contribute to the growth of VSA and the field of visitor studies. 

Each Student Scholar receives one conference registration, a $150 travel stipend, and are acknowledged during the conference.

You would be a good fit for a Student Scholarship if…

a) You are a current student or within a year of your graduation date (NOTE: Required!) 
b) You have a little experience, mostly internships or informal jobs or projects
c) You show passion for or interest in a particular type of work within visitor studies, and you have plans to develop this work in the future  

Don’t meet these criteria? Check out the April Award!

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


To apply, please prepare responses to the prompts that appear below.

Submit an application using this form.

Submission deadline: Friday, February 11, 2022 at 5pm Pacific
Decision notification: Friday, April 1, 2022

All responses are limited to 250 words or less.

Best of luck!

  1. We'd like to get to know you a little better. Please start by telling us who you are.
    1. First Name
    2. Last Name
    3. Program or Degree
    4. School or Academic Institution
    5. Email Address
  2. Reflecting on this year’s conference theme (Creating Space and Coming Together), tell us two or three ways you hope attending the conference will help you to develop or advance your professional goals and why.
  3. Describe the article, book, class, experience, or person that has most influenced your interest in visitor studies/ evaluation, and why you think visitor studies is important.
  4. Identify an area of study you think has potential for improving visitor studies or the visitor experience. Why you think the area has this potential?
  5. Using the Evaluator Competencies (located here: http://www.visitorstudies.org/competency-list) identify the top two competencies you would like to work on or explore at the Visitor Studies Association conference. Please explain why you selected those competencies and why they are important to you to build upon at the conference.
    Note: Refer to each selected competency by the letter ID (e.g., “Competency A”); no need to write the full title.
  6. Please share contact information for two academic, professional or personal references. Select individuals who are familiar with projects you are working on, can speak to your experiences with visitor studies, and can identify ways the conference will help you grow.
    Note: References will be contacted if your application is selected as a finalist. Please confirm with your references that they will be available to respond to three brief questions via email by Friday, March 11, 2022.
    1. Reference 1
      1. First Name
      2. Last Name
      3. Organization
      4. Email Address
    2. Reference 2
      1. First Name
      2. Last Name
      3. Title
      4. Organization Name
      5. Email Address

All finalists will be contacted for a brief phone or video interview with reviewers between March 14 and 25, 2022. Please let us know if you foresee any challenges in scheduling this call so we can accommodate.